VIDEO: Frederick Banting honoured for insulin discovery

Frederick Banting is being honoured by the University of Toronto, where he did his groundbreaking research on insulin about 100 years ago.

Frederick Banting's artifacts

11 years ago
Duration 7:04
Historians search for a permanent home for the belongings of Sir Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin in the 1920s, CBC's Kelly Crowe reports

Dr. Frederick Banting is being honoured by the institution where he did his groundbreaking research about 100 years ago.

When medical pilgrims make the journey to the University of Toronto to visit the birthplace of one of the greatest medical discoveries in history, they are shocked to find nothing. Nowhere is there anything marking the discovery of insulin, Banting's landmark research.

The memorabilia around this discovery were scattered far and wide, stuffed in forgotten rooms, covered in dust.

Now, Patricia Brubaker, a U of T professor, herself a diabetic who is alive today because of Banting's discovery, is one of the people pushing to get Banting's artifacts put on permanent display.

The tribute will be unveiled during a major international diabetes conference in Toronto this week — the 90th anniversary of the discovery of insulin. Banting was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the breakthrough in 1923.